Sunday, 15 December 2013 7:19 AM
Central Coast coach Phil Moss acknowledged his side copped a ‘good old-fashioned spanking’ in its 4-0 pasting at the hands of Adelaide United on Saturday, but is confident of a swift reaction this Thursday against Wellington.
The Mariners botched a swag of the most gettable chances imaginable, particularly early, which enabled the Reds to ride their luck and pile on the goals and hand the Mariners their equal heaviest-ever defeat.
Moss expects a much better showing against the Phoenix at Gosford.
“I’ve got a lot of boys in that dressing room who are hurting at the moment and the staff are hurting,” Moss said.
“But that’s a good sign because I know the fight and culture of the Mariners is to show a reaction when we have a below-par performance.
“We had a good old-fashioned spanking today in the end.”
Moss was pleased the manner in which is side created numerous golden opportunities, the likes of which he’d rarely seen in his time in charge.
But an inability to finish off a series of fine pieces of work, particularly in the first 45 minutes, proved fatal for the reigning Hyundai A-League champions.
“The first half was our undoing,” Moss said.
“In the first half alone we created enough chances to win a couple of games of football.
“When you don’t take them it affects confidence.
“Adelaide got one on the break and it was a bit of a battle from there.
“In the first half we played a style of football that I was very proud of. But if you create the chances, you have to take them.
“In 90 minutes I haven’t seen us create so many chances – that’s certainly a positive “I’m going to take out of the game, but there are areas we need to work on.”
Moss was happy to expand on a couple of those areas he identified as requiring improvement with the Mariners hovering on the brink of qualifying for the finals.
“At the contests, we weren’t strong enough in the 50-50s,” Moss said.
“That gave Adelaide a bit of momentum. And ball retention – we’re trying to force the pass too much and need to show a bit more respect for the ball.
“We’re a team that can hurt anyone on our day but you need to have the ball to do that.”
Sunday, 15 December 2013 7:41 AM
Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond has claimed referee Jarred Gillett ‘made a mistake’ that led to Western Sydney’s winning goal in the Jets’ 1-0 loss to the reigning A-League premiers at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.
Wanderers striker Labinot Haliti looked to have pushed Jets defender Jacob Pepper in the back when he leapt to head Shinji Ono’s cross across to the far post where Mark Bridge headed home the 33rd minute goal that decided the match.
“I think the referee made a mistake,” said van Egmond of the incident.
“From my perspective and even from the player’s perspective they thought it was a foul.
“It even got to the stage where boys didn’t continue with the action because it looked like it was such an obvious foul – two hands in your back, you are going backwards, you are looking to jump, but you can’t jump because you get two hands in your back.”
The Jets coach also said he knew Bridge, a former club hero who scored a goal in Newcastle’s 2007/08 A-League Championship win, was a major threat in front of goal. It was Bridge’s sixth goal against his old club.
“He is a good finisher as we all know,” van Egmond said of Bridge.
“He has been here and he scored our Grand Final goal to win. But when he scores a header you know the gods are not with you because that is not his strong point.
“(I am) very disappointed. The last thing you want to do is lose at home.”
The Jets were dealt a blow before the match with marquee man Emile Heskey ruled out with a hamstring strain while in-form on-loan star Nathan Burns was rested after he had some fluid on the knee.
“It makes a big impact, him and Emile (Heskey) – you can’t just replace them with other players from within your squad because they are marquee players so it was a tough one,” van Egmond said.
“But again I thought the players who got put in those positions did really well.
“Hopefully we have erred on the side of caution with Emile and Nathan and they will be fine for Brisbane and games after.”
Sunday, 15 December 2013 8:38 AM
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said he was ‘pleased’ rather than relieved to get back into the winner’s circle with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.
Winless in three games, the Wanderers got their 2013/14 Hyundai A-League campaign back on track courtesy of Mark Bridge’s 33rd minute header.
The victory sees the reigning premiers solidify their grip on second spot and keep pace with league leaders the Brisbane Roar.
“I was pleased. I am pleased for the players because they have performed well and they haven’t got the rewards in the last three weeks in terms of wins,” Popovic said after the match.
“There is a lot of belief in that dressing room. And I am really pleased that they performed well again in difficult conditions.
“It was really windy out there at times against a team full of confidence. It was a fantastic win.”
Jets coach Gary van Egmond said after the match he thought referee Jarred Gillett had missed a blatant foul by Wanderers striker Labinot Haliti on Jets defender Jacob Pepper that led to the Western Sydney goal.
However, Popovic thought otherwise.
“As a winning coach you are always going to say it was a legitimate goal,” Popovic said of the incident.
“We didn’t think there was much in it. I don’t know if the decision went our way or not.
“To be honest I only saw it live – I didn’t see any replays – but watching it live I thought it was a goal.”
The Wanderers coach did say that he thought his side was perhaps unfortunate to not benefit from an incident early in the first half where Newcastle goal-keeper Mark Birighitti handled outside the area, scooping a through ball off the feet of Haliti.
Birighitti was shown a yellow card for the incident when Popovic thought it could have easily been red.
“That is a tough one because, is he denying a goal-scoring opportunity and if he is, then it should be a red card,” Popovic said.
“At that time we felt he (Birighitti) was doing that. The referee deemed it differently.
“In the end it didn’t matter which was fortunate that we don’t have to talk about the referees over a good game of football, which it was.”
An even larger part of Virgin Australia will sit in the hands of Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines in the new year, intensifying Qantas’ arguments that Australia’s two airlines are playing to different rules.
Following Virgin’s call for $350 million of additional capital by issuing an additional 925 million shares, Air New Zealand will see its stake increase from the current 23% to 24.5%, although the Kiwi carrier had earlier flagged that its shareholding “could increase to as much as 25.5%” depending on the deal’s uptake.
Etihad and Singapore Airlines both expect their slices of the Virgin Australia pie to grow to 21.2% , an increase of just over 1% each, reportsThe Sydney Morning Herald, although raising their stakes above the 20% mark will require Etihad and Singapore Airlines to gain approval from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board.
The three foreign airlines will collectively hold 66.9% of Virgin Australia and each will take a seat on Virgin’s board.
Added to the 10% founding foothold of UK’s Virgin Group, over three quarters of Virgin Australia will be under foreign ownership. And that, Qantas maintains, is much too much.
Qantas: a “virtual takeover” of Virgin
Qantas will no doubt be quick to trot out its line that this represents a “virtual takeover of Virgin Australia by foreign airlines” and draw a comparison against the current Qantas Sale Act which caps foreign investment of Qantas at 49%, with total ownership by foreign airlines limited to 35% (any single airline is restricted to 25%).
Behind Qantas’ concerns is the notion that an injection of foreign cash will underpin Virgin’s continued assault on Qantas’ domestic routes. This could in turn delay efforts to bring Qantas’ international arm back into profitability, to the delight of Virgin’s three partner airlines.
Qantas is now facing a loss as high as $300 million in the six months from July to December this year, with predictions of a record ‘loss before tax’ of $868 million for the full 2013-2014 financial year.
Its financial position has been further undermined by a downgrading from the medium-risk ‘investment’ category to the high-risk ‘junk’ status which is likely to increase the airline’s borrowing costs, leasing and exchange rate hedging.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has promised that “all options are on the table” as the airline looks to reduce costs and raise capital through asset sales.
The former will include axing over 1,000 jobs over the coming year and accelerating an aggressive cost-cutting campaign to recoup $2 billion over three years.
One-off moves to raise cash could include selling back the long-term leases on Qantas’ dedicated terminals at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports – which it’s estimated could return up to $1 billion to the coffers – and selling off the lucractive Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, which analysts value at between $1.5-2.5 billion.
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José Antônio do Nascimento, 49 anos, era encarregado do setor de pavimentação do Centro de Convenções, ao lado da Arena. Família reclama de condições de trabalho
Aproximadamente seis horas após a morte do operário Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, de 22 anos, dentro da Arena da Amazônia, outra fatalidade foi registrada neste sábado (14) nas proximidades do estádio. O encarregado do setor de pavimentação das obras do Centro de Convenções do Amazonas (CCA), José Antônio do Nascimento, 49 anos, sofreu um infarto durante o horário de trabalho e faleceu às 10h (12h em Brasília). O corpo só foi retirado do local pelo IML por volta das 14h15 (16h15 de Brasília).
De acordo com familiares, José Antônio já sabia que sofria problemas de pressão, mas tomava remédios para controlar a doença. Conforme relatos de companheiros de trabalho, o operário anunciou que estava sentindo forte calor e decidiu ir para a cabine climatizada de um caminhão. Ao sentar, sofreu o infarto.
– Um rapaz que trabalhava com ele nos contou que ele estava com muito calor, se sentindo quente. Ele decidiu então ir para a cabine do caminhão pegar um ar. Foi o tempo de colocar o cinto e ele caiu, dentro da cabine mesmo. Tiraram ele de lá, colocaram em uma maca, mas só foram tirar o corpo 14h – relatou Alexandre Cabral, primo do operário.
A família do trabalhador reclamou ainda das condições de trabalho oferecidas no CCA. Segundo um dos parentes, José Antônio trabalhava de domingo a domingo nas obras e sofria pressão pelo atraso na entrega do complexo. O Centro de Convenções deveria ter sido entregue em junho deste ano, mas a obra teve cronograma alterado e tem inauguração prevista somente para janeiro de 2014.
A Amazonastur, responsável pela obra, afirmou que o homem estava realizando um serviço na área, contratado pela Secretaria da Região Metropolitana de Manaus (SRMM). Em nota, a Secretaria da Região Metropolitana de Manaus lamentou o fato e diz “dando toda a assistência necessária à família da vítima”. Apesar de estar localizada ao lado da Arena da Amazônia, a obra não é de responsabilidade da Unidade Gestora do Projeto (UGP) Copa. Confira a nota da Secretaria na íntegra:
O funcionário da Conserge, empresa que presta serviço para a Unidade de Gestão Metropolitana, José Antônio da Silva Nascimento, de 49 anos, morreu de infarto por volta das 9h da manhã deste sábado (14 de dezembro), quando trabalhava nos serviços de limpeza e terraplanagem para o asfaltamento do Centro de Convenções da Amazônia, localizado na Avenida Pedro Teixeira.
José Antônio se sentiu mal quando subiu em uma caçamba. Uma ambulância do Samu foi acionada imediatamente para realizar o atendimento, mas o trabalhador não resistiu. A Conserge está dando toda a assistência necessária à família da vítima.
Também neste sábado, por volta das 4h, Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, operário da Arena da Amazônia, faleceu. O trabalhador colocava a membrana de proteção da cobertura na área lateral quando caiu de uma altura de 40 metros, a mesma de um guindaste. O jovem era natural de Limoeiro do Norte, no Ceará. O funcionário caiu em cima de uma cadeira, que ficou danificada, próximo ao escanteio no lado direito do estádio, de acordo com informações de profissionais que trabalham no local.
As obras da Arena da Amazônia tiveram início em novembro de 2010, e a inauguração está prevista para janeiro de 2014, segundo declarou o governador Omar Aziz nesta sexta-feira.